David B. Larson

David B. Larson, M.D., was a psychiatrist trained at Duke, who founded and directed the National Institute for Healthcare Research and was a leader in the religion and health research field. He died suddenly at the young age of 54 on March 5, 2002. The David B. Larson Memorial Lecture was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Larson's pioneering work.

David B. Larson Memorial Lecture

The 17th Annual David B. Larson Memorial Lecture will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019. The speaker will be Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Miami at Coral Gables. The title, location and time of the lecture are listed below. All are welcome and no reservation is required.  Contact Dr. Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.



Spirituality and Health: Findings from the Nationwide Landmark Study and a 17-year Longitudinal Study of People with HIV

 Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:30 - 6:30PM
Duke University Hospital North, Rm 2001

Presented by

Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D.

Brief Summary

Dr. Ironson will present updated findings from two major studies. The first is a nationwide survey that has extensive measures of spirituality and religiousness as well as biomarkers and measures of health. The second is a longitudinal study of people with HIV (initially in the mid-range of illness) and examines a wide variety of spiritual and religious measures to determine which predict longevity over 17 years.

Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Health Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami and is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. She received her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin, her M.D. from the University of Miami, and her residency training at Stanford. She has 250 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, is current President of the Health Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, is past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society (a senior level organization by invitation only), and is a current or past member of the editorial board of five journals. She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV/AIDS, stress management in HIV and cancer, massage therapy and immunity, and treatments for recovery from traumatic events. She has also received private foundation funding (Templeton, Fetzer) for work on Spirituality and Health. In addition, in 2011 she received a Senior Investigator Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine for her work in Spirituality and Health. Finally, she set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, which makes available to the community (on a sliding scale basis) both traditional (PE, CPT) and newer (EMDR) approaches to treatment.  Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors (such as spirituality, compassion, meaning, positive affect, optimism, and emotional expression) and health, and recovery from trauma.

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